3. It was originally red... and it took a year & 60 tonnes of paint to change that
When it opened, the Eiffel Tower was painted a reddish-brown. But the Eiffel Tower has actually been repainted 18 times, and it has not only been red, but also yellow. Today it’s painted in its iconic bronze color, officially called “Eiffel Tower Brown,” which requires 60 tonnes of paint. It takes more than a year to paint the whole thing.
4. The architect of Palais Garnier hated it
Many people in Paris' arts and literary circles were vehemently opposed to the structure, including the architect Charles Garnier. A group of them penned a letter in the newspaper Le Temps, addressed to the World’s Fair director, Monsieur Alphand and titled "Protest against the Tower of Monsieur Eiffel." In it, they wrote, “We come, we writers, painters, sculptors, architects, lovers of the beauty of Paris which was until now intact, to protest with all our strength and all our indignation, in the name of the underestimated taste of the French, in the name of French art and history under threat, against the erection in the very heart of our capital, of the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower.”